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review 2018-01-09 15:49
A Worthy DC Superheroes Tale of the Silver Age Tribute
DC: The New Frontier - Darwyn Cooke

How did the Silver Age DC Heroes came to be? That has always been a question for me for a long time in my days of reading comic books until I read Darwyn Cooke's DC: The New Frontier. I have always been fascinated wanting to read this comic mini-series and waited until a collected edition was available and finally, since its released in 2004 and now its 2018, after 12 years I finally read it. Its a seamless transition from the Golden Age superheroes paving way to the Silver Age of superheroes of a new era. And it was all done by the late Darwyn Cooke's story masterpiece.

 

It is the 1950s where paranoia is a government business, where glamour and glittering lights is the new trendy and superheroes who fought for freedom during the World War II are outlawed by the government - a new enemy emerge from the depths of the unknown. There are still icon heroes fighting on, working with the government - Superman and Wonder Woman. But when bigotry and racism is on the high, are there any heroes left to believe the American Dream or is it all about control? With a new dangerous enemy approaches on a path of destruction, the world needs its superheroes more than ever to save mankind once more.

 

The love the opening of DC: The New Frontier and soon I knew I am going to read a classic of its own. The way the Silver Age superheroes are introduce is just at the right moment for comic fans or new readers to enjoy every moment of the artwork itself. It is so well-balance that not a single superhero was done unjustly of its attention. The battles, the panels and its colors draws riches of its tale and fulfill me with a reading I knew I won't regret much at all. This trade paperback not only includes the entire mini-series but also includes behind the scenes in more than 50 pages of artwork, sketches and designs plus a one-shot special Justice League: The New Frontier that is a companion to the animated movie. To me, this is at its best I have ever read since Kingdom Come. Although can't be compared, on its own it has the same level of epic reading that is decent and beautiful on its own. I highly recommend for any who love DC heroes to read this.

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text 2018-01-02 17:36
69 New Releases in book series on January 2
Emergence - C.J. Cherryh
The Haunting on Heliotrope Lanecy - Carolyn Keene
Saga Volume 8 - Brian K. Vaughan
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series) - Marie Lu
Neogenesis - Steve Miller,Sharon Kendrick
Between the Blade and the Heart - Amanda Hocking
Cobra Traitor - Timothy Zahn
Promise Not to Tell - Jayne Ann Krentz
Unbound - Stuart Woods
Robicheaux - James Lee Burke

Per fictfact.com's new release calendar :

 

7thGARDEN, Vol. 7 - Mitsu Izumi  A Song Unheard (Shadows Over England) - Roseanna M. White  A Wedding At Two Love Lane - Kieran Kramer  

7thGARDEN, Vol. 7 - Mitsu Izumi  #7 in 7th GARDEN
A Song Unheard - Roseanna M. White  #2 in Shadows Over England
A Wedding At Two Love Lane - Kieran Kramer  #2 in Two Love Lane

 

("Read more" stays on booklikes, I just didn't want a long post hijacking the dashboard for those of you who don't have settings set to initially view shorten posts)

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Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2018-01-01 22:19
Batman: Nightwalker
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series) - Marie Lu

Marie Lu has had a string of hits with her techno-savvy thrillers, so its a good call to give her the lead on rewriting Batman for the new generation. Bruce Wayne and his friends live in the modern world with its terrorism, identity theft, and paranoia. Gotham is currently under siege from a gang known as the Nightwalkers, who aim to execute the city's elite and seize their bank accounts.

When Bruce Wayne, still a teenager, interferes in a police action against the Nightwalkers, he is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum. He is drawn to the only Nightwalker captured alive, a girl named Madeleine who is his own age. With her help he may be able to solve this mystery and save some lives, but can he trust her? This was a capable thriller that matches Leigh Bardugo's <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2035079509">Wonder Woman: Warbringer</a>.

The DC Icons series is setting a high bar for future licensed novels. It should go over well with younger fans and perhaps win new ones, but I don't know how other entrenched old nerds like me will take it.

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text 2017-11-13 23:30
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 144 pages.
Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 7: Anarky - Brian Buccellato,Francis Manapul

okay, things are a little up in the air in terms of what I'm gonna read next, and how much of it--but I'm mainly referring to my ever-changing plans for the rest of the Machen collection; I was going to do all the short stories--well, novellas--left in it, but now I think I won't. Machen is better for me in small doses...even when they're suddenly big small doses. so I'll do one Machen story tomorrow morning, and then, because Justice League is around the corner, that's got me hungry for something even remotely related...and Batman is not exactly "remotely related'. though if I had planned this properly, I'd have a Justice League graphic novel handy. anyway, there's a small chance I'll flip again, tomorrow, and do all the Machen before moving on to anything else, but it's doubtful--partly because I'm anxious to see the revamp of an old favorite of mine: Anarky! bring him on.

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text 2017-11-07 01:28
So, here's the deal
Batman & the Justice League, Tome 1 : - Rodolphe Gicquel,Shiori Teshirogi

No, you can't read this - unless you get your hands on the French version, and can, y'know, read French.  Or alternately know how to read Japanese.   

 

I just happen to know French.   My parents asked me what I wanted, and I said 'Batman comics in French.'   Because I've been jonesing to read more Batman.   They got me a Dini/Timm Batman Adventures tome that is huge, and I am incredibly excited about, but it was a bit too huge to contemplate while finals :/

 

They also got me a collection that is unlike most American graphic novels: most are one title, issues 1-4/6/whatever.   Some French BDs - graphic novels - are like this, and some...are not.  I got one with a couple of the King issues that I've already read - but not in French! - and some Detective issues, and some Nightwing issues.   So I'm super excited about that.  

 

The small manga sized collection, however, fit best into my busy schedule.  I plan on writing a lovely note to my uncle, who loves BDs as much as I do, so he always sends something my way when my parents visit.   He got me this, and I love it: I mean, I side eye huge chunks of how this was drawn, but the ultra feminine male Joker is just doing it for me.   The Gary Stu main character isn't doing it for me, either in a 'I love it' or a 'I hate it' way, but I didn't get super excited until I saw girly-guy Joker.  He's fucked up in pretty much the same way as normal Joker, but I kinda dig how he's drawn.  About a third of the way through this, and I'm going to put it aside for a week or so as I catch up on homework.  I may read it in small chunks if I can, but we'll see.   

 

For now, I'm going to play some online games for a minute or two, then sleep off the anxiety of my tutorial tomorrow. 

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